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Leader, Please Don’t Excuse Yourself

My father-in-law has often said that "an excuse is just a lie stuffed in the skin of a reason." That's a good definition. I have a tendency to make excuses sometimes, and I'm guessing you struggle with it sometimes yourself. For those in leadership, we tend to be especially …

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The Power of Flexibility in Ministry Leadership

Last year we bought a Nintento Wii and then later, a Wii Fit thingie designed to utterly humiliate me! It sighs when I step on the scale, mocks me for not showing up in xx# of days, and loves to point out how many Yoga moves I can't do because... I'm inflexible! But in …

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We Need Some Holy, Awe-inspiring Distractions

Stop it people!! Stop with your negativity! Stop the bickering, complaining, murmuring, backbiting, negative-thinking junk. Stop the stinkin' thinkin'!! …

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Chuck Swindoll on What to Do When Your Church Grows

So what is our task? What are our priorities? A properly functioning church stays committed to its four biblical essentials: teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer (see Acts 2:42). Read that sentence again . . . please!read the whole article at …

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The Tougher Side of Leadership: Patience with People

People… they’re all around us! There are nearly seven billion of them on the planet and they’re all different. I think God purposely puts us in relationships (marriage, work, church, etc.) with people who are vastly different than we are and then chuckles as we try to get …

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Don’t Just Lead Well Today – Lead For a Lifetime

Most people are familiar with some of the great Bible heroes like King David, Noah, and Gideon the Judge. But often people don’t realize what all three of these leaders have in common: none finished as well as they could have. David committed adultery and murder, Noah got …

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Book Review: Building Your Leadership Resume by Johnny Hunt

I just finished reading Building Your Leadership Resume: Developing the Legacy that Will Outlast You (aff) by Johnny Hunt. Here's the bottom line... I feel like I've sat at at a table in a coffee shop with one of America's great Pastors as he's filled me with word upon word of …

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10 Reasons Why Humility is Vital to Great Leadership

Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders... good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the …

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Are You A Compelling Leader?

Gandhi led millions via his wisdom and hunger strikes. Hitler led a young generation of mass murderers. Billy Graham has led millions to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The list goes on. What do leaders of high influence have in common? The compel people to follow. In …

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When Change Is Bad

I like change, and I like adventure. I also think change is a natural and necessary part of growth. In leadership, we are sometimes charged with the responsibility of reviving a dead or dying organization, which requires change. We also need to be good counselors in helping …

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